Aug 22, 2023

Question of the Day: What is the average tip for full-service, quick-service, and delivery meals?

Here's a tip on how U.S. diners are leaving gratuity. 


  • Full-service: 19.6%
  • Quick-service: 16.9%
  • Delivery: 14.5%

Someone paying with a credit card for their meal.


  • What is your personal tipping policy? Is it consistent or does it depend on certain circumstances? 
  • Have you ever worked at a job where part of your compensation was based on tips? Did it affect how you treated customers? 
  • What factors do you believe impact how much people tip? How do you think income, gender or age influence tipping practices?
  • How do you feel about tipping as a practice overall?


Click here for the ready-to-go slides for this Question of the Day that you can use in your classroom.


Behind the numbers (toast):

"Across the US, customers continue to tip well: the average tip was 19.6% in full-service restaurants, and 16.9% in quick-service restaurants.

The data did also show that on-premise tips are higher than takeout and delivery tips — with customers tipping an average of 19.7% when dining in, but averaging 14.5% when just doing takeout or delivery. 

Diners know that while we continue to operate in a tipped system, workers rely on tips to make rent, feed their families, pay for school, and generally make ends meet. And in today’s very precarious economic climate, where inflation has sent costs skyrocketing, workers need those tips more than ever. Customers continue to be ready to help."


On the subject of tips, can you make any as an Uber driver? Try this Uber driver simulation in the NGPF Arcade and find out.


Want to learn more about the rationale behind our financial decision making? Check out NGPF's Behavioral Economics unit.

About the Author

Ryan Wood

Ryan grew up with and maintains a love for learning. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay with a degree in Business Administration and worked in sports marketing for a number of years. After living in Texas, Colorado, Tennessee, and Minnesota, the call of education eventually brought Ryan back to his home state of Wisconsin where he was a Business and Marketing teacher for three years. In his free time he likes to spend time with his wife and daughter, play basketball, read, and go fishing. Now with NGPF, Ryan is excited to help teachers lead the most important course their students will ever take.

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